DuF: Ductile Fracture: Physical Mechanisms and Computational Challenges

Minisymposium organized by

Ductile fracture has been studied over the years at different scales. For metallic materials, ductile damage is the result of nucleation, growth and coalescence of micro voids at the micro scale. At the macro scale, these mechanisms induce a progressive softening of the material’s mechanical properties, finally leading to fracture. Many theoretical models and numerical approaches have been presented to study ductile fracture phenomena at both scales. However, due to the complexity of these phenomena, many theoretical and numerical issues still remain to be addressed.

The aim of this symposium is to make a step forward in the comprehension of the physical mechanisms of ductile damage under complex loading paths and to discuss the computational challenges associated to ductile damage, both at the micro-scale and at the macro-scale.

Special attention will be paid to: